Monday, July 6, 2015

Science

Federal report: Polar bears unlikely to recover unless humans reverse global warming

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

Federal government to step up monitoring wild birds this fall to guard against avian influenza

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

Protesters block construction of giant Hawaii telescope, despite a dozen arrests

HONOLULU — Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers Wednesday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes.

Study says wells that pump the most drilling waste underground the fastest cause more quakes

WASHINGTON — The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.

Study: A third of world’s largest groundwater basins are overstressed

IRVINE, Calif. — Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world’s largest groundwater basins.
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine say it’s unclear how much water is left in the most overburdened aquifers. The problem is expected to worsen with climate change and population growth.

Earth to Mars: Happy New Year from NASA and space enthusiasts in western Pennsylvania

MARS, Pa. — Earth to Mars: Happy New Year!
That’s the sentiment being offered this weekend in Mars, Pennsylvania, as NASA and other space enthusiasts gather to honour the red planet.
The Martian New Year occurs about every two Earth-years. On Friday and Saturday, NASA will sponsor exhibits and activities in the borough of Mars, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

US report concludes bird flu likely spread on equipment, workers, rodents and the wind

DES MOINES, Iowa — The bird flu that’s devastated some Midwestern farms likely spread by several means — on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even on the wind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a new report released Monday.

3 space station astronauts safely return to Earth after 199 days in orbit

DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan — A three-person crew from the International Space Station landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan on Thursday after a longer-than-expected orbital stint.
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov returned to Earth after 199 days on the station, nearly a month longer than planned.

Fake orca spouts, plays whale sounds to scare off sea lions, runs into trouble on first day

PORTLAND, Ore. — A fake life-sized orca that spouts water and plays recordings of its real-life counterparts is being deployed to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast, but it ran into a snag its first day on the job.

Chaotic dance of moons around Pluto; ‘Kind of like you’d see at a Grateful Dead concert’

WASHINGTON — There’s a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds.
Hubble Space Telescope images of Pluto, its largest moon Charon, and tinier moons Styx, Nix, Hydra and Kerberos show the odd rhythmic gyrations of the six distant objects in a dance unlike anything in our solar system.

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